TechRxiv (pronounced "tech archive") is a free, open, moderated preprint server for unpublished research in the areas of engineering, computer science, and related technologies. By using TechRxiv, authors can quickly disseminate their work to a wide audience and gain community feedback on a timestamped draft version of their research. A preprint is a draft version of an article; final versions of published articles should not be submitted to TechRxiv.
Preprint Submission Requirements
The following criteria are required in order to post your preprint in TechRxiv:
- Written in English
- Contains unpublished technical content within TechRxiv's scope
- Free of offensive or plagiarized content
- Includes permission to reuse previously published or copyrighted material, if applicable
All submissions will be screened prior to acceptance, and those that do not meet IEEE's criteria will be declined. Stand-alone research artifacts such as datasets or code will also be declined.
The submitting author is responsible for informing all co-authors that the preprint has been submitted to TechRxiv.
How to Submit a Preprint
Follow these steps to submit a preprint to TechRxiv.
- Log in or create an account if you don't have one already. Creating an account is easy; all we need is your name and email.
- Once you log in, you will be asked to start your new submission by selecting the appropriate subject category from the dropdown menu.
- On the next screen, you can upload your preprint's file(s) by dragging and dropping or browsing. You may embed your figures and tables in your text file or upload figures and tables separately. Additional or supplementary material can also be uploaded. Please note that each individual file should not exceed 10 MB.
- Once your files are uploaded, you will have a chance to edit your submission's metadata. Select the category that best describes the topic of your preprint. Add keyword(s) that best represent the main idea of your research. Make sure that your title and description accurately reflect your preprint so that readers can find it easily. Add co-authors by name, email address, or ORCID number. Include any funding information and links to related content as needed. Select your license and, if you wish, upload any additional files. Once everything is ready, click the Submit button in the bottom right corner of the page.
- You will receive a confirmation email once the submission is received and a second email after a moderator has screened your submission and has decided if it can be posted to TechRxiv. You can expect to receive the second email within 4 business days of submission. Your submission will be kept private until posted publicly by the moderator.
TechRxiv Screening Process
All submissions to TechRxiv are checked for plagiarism and offensive content (i.e., content that is disrespectful, abusive, or derogatory). Any content found to be plagiarized or offensive will be declined, as will nonscientific content or content that is not technical in nature (e.g., news, advertisements, and calls for papers). Content which does not fall within TechRxiv's scope will be declined.
All submissions to TechRxiv are also screened prior to acceptance. Screening is carried out by qualified experts in the topics covered by TechRxiv. Submissions are not peer reviewed which means that content is not screened for technical merit, completeness, or novelty. Additionally, submissions are not edited or typeset.
Decisions may be appealed by sending an email clearly explaining the reason for appeal to appeal@TechRxiv.org. All correspondence must include the preprint title for reference.
During the submission process, you will be asked to select a Creative Commons license for your preprint:
- CC BY 4.0 (Attribution only) allows others to copy, reuse, adapt, and build upon your work, including for commercial purposes, as long as the content is attributed to you.
- CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike) allows others to copy, reuse, adapt, and build upon your work, including for commercial purposes, as long as the content is attributed to you and the adapted work is distributed under the same license as the original.
- CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike) allows others to copy, reuse, adapt, and build upon your work for non-commercial purposes, as long as the content is attributed to you and the adapted work is distributed under the same license as the original.
- CC0 1.0 (Public Domain Dedication) allows others to copy, reuse, adapt, and build upon your work for any purpose without attribution; all your rights in the work are waived and the work is dedicated to the public domain.
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Only an author can agree to the licensing and dissemination of his or her content on TechRxiv. Therefore, only the author of a preprint may submit the preprint to TechRxiv. Submissions made by third parties will be declined.
Removing Content from TechRxiv
All preprints posted on TechRxiv receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), making them part of the citable scientific record and indexable by external services such as CrossRef and Google Scholar. As such, no posted preprint may be removed from TechRxiv. If it is discovered that there are errors in a preprint and the author wishes to withdraw it, the preprint will still appear in TechRxiv but it will be marked as "withdrawn" and annotated with comments explaining the reason for the withdrawal. In an extraordinary situation in which it is deemed necessary to remove access to a preprint (e.g., a fraudulent preprint, a duplicate preprint, or copyright infringement), the original metadata record will be retained but the record will be annotated with a note explaining the reason for removal.